Bitch on the Blog

April 20, 2017

Ship shape

Filed under: Amusement,Dizzy,Happiness,Psychology — bitchontheblog @ 15:34
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Don’t ask for my star sign since I do not wish you running to the hills, screaming and abandoning me. There are only twelve months in the year and someone has to occupy one of them. Well. Never mind. On which painful note: Father of son who is a Gemini through no fault of his own would leave the table (forget any guests) as soon as the subject turned to astrology which – invariably – when his sister was present it would. On the whole I had him down as rational with a sense of largely absent humour – but give him astrology, Catholicism and Americans and you have another thing coming. This is not withstanding that for the last twenty odd years he has been married to a Catholic American who is interested in astrology (no not me – my successor who, on succession, became a good friend of mine). She is a miracle worker.

Yes, so this post has nothing whatever to do with astrology (of which please do tell me what you think) but all to do with the fact that I like chaos. Chartered chaos, organized chaos, gentle disorder by another name. Why? Because (being the star sign I am) little gives me more satisfaction than making order out of the aforesaid dire. Both my desk and my study/office in general are witness to this. I let books and papers pile up till they make more waves than me being at sea. Sweethearts, oh the satisfaction, as – just now – when I blitz the place.

i can’t tell you how marvellous it is to suddenly spring into action of the most ruthless kind – my waste paper bin my most loyal friend, books flying back onto their shelves, documents filed. I don’t know if my theory holds water or seeps but there is something deeply zen like about tidying, putting everything where it belongs. However, and this is where a (dis)orderly cat chases its own tail – in order to experience this you first have to let it all go to pot. But then, by way of illustration, never does food taste better than when truly hungry.




  1. Had you asked me to write on astrology in my blog, I would have simply said “Poppycock!”.

    Comment by rummuser — April 20, 2017 @ 16:18 | Reply

    • Maybe. However, you do so fit, on some – not all – appearances, your Chinese star sign.


      Comment by bitchontheblog — April 20, 2017 @ 16:23 | Reply

  2. Astrology is bunk.

    I also enjoy tidying up, but I do it all the time and never allow serious mess to accumulate. My mother on the other hand has a horror of tidying up and her flat is piled high with junk of all sorts.

    Comment by nick — April 20, 2017 @ 16:44 | Reply

    • Cut your mother some slack. As I said to you the other day – considering her age soon she’ll be rendered more minimalist than the tidiest minimalist can dream of.

      And, on a point of order: What may seem “junk” to you is not necessarily junk to the junk’s owner.


      Comment by bitchontheblog — April 20, 2017 @ 17:47 | Reply

  3. There is a soft spot in my heart for Chaos Theory and the related mathematics of Fractals. Good stuff.

    As for astrologers, I was forced to regard them a little higher due to my studies of their ability to compute eclipses based on spherical earth computations. Augustine referred to them as mathematicians while attempting to refute them. But then I learned the truth from Aristotle, that the classical scientific atheists reasoned that since astrologers were stupid idiots who were always wrong, and astrologers believed that the earth was spherical, therefore, the earth must be flat in order to conform with science. This is the only traceable flat earth belief in history. Which just goes to show that even though I might legitimately mock an idiot, that doesn’t mean that I am any better. Thus, I will have the patience to hear them out, even if I think astrology to be completely stupid.

    Comment by Looney — April 21, 2017 @ 03:07 | Reply

    • What an inspired reply, Looney. Not that I expect anything else from you. One thing though: That the earth was deemed flat has, surely, little impact on the constellation of the stars. After all they are up there in the sky – not about to fall off the edge of planet Earth.

      I rarely talk about it but will let you (and the rest of the world) into one of my less well kept secrets: I once, in an idle moment and a cat’s curiosity eventually killing her, had my chart done (reputable company in Switzerland – their clocks so reassuring). All they need is your place of birth, your date of birth and your TIME of birth. All my mother’s children were, apparently, born on exactly the half hour, but leaving that bit of inaccuracy aside, I tell you, Looney, I was gobsmacked when I got the report. Nothing to do with foretelling the future (which people think astrology is about). Oh no, they you the person you most likely are. Dear dog in heaven. Was I spooked or was I spooked? It was uncanny. And not altogether flattering or reassuring.

      Can’t remember the exact number of planetary constellations they use but there are many (houses, the first house particularly important, not to forget the moon, the actual sun sign you are born in more or less unimportant). So, this was not so much a case of “know yourself” but a bizarre case of “recognize” yourself.

      Out of curiosity I had the same done for a number of other people (don’t tell them, though I wouldn’t call it snooping) and I can’t get my head round how there is so much (accurate) detail to be read from random planets the moment you pop. Let me know. I don’t mind my illusions being blown to bits.

      Don’t know this minute where the report is, might have torn it up in case I die and all of me be laid bare, there is one particular paragraph … which I hope will make you smile … in memory.

      Anyway, Looney, the upshot being that not only beliefs are being tested. Oh no, NON beliefs will be tested even more.


      Comment by bitchontheblog — April 21, 2017 @ 13:10 | Reply

      • Having never been in the least curious myself, I have never checked anything astrological. My guess would have been that the astrology evaluations tend to deduce common character traits, but that opinion of mine would seem to be refuted if they could deduce your character? ;-}

        Comment by Looney — April 22, 2017 @ 03:07 | Reply

  4. I have a daughter who suffers through the accumulation of mess and then has a party putting it all away. She says it’s therapy. Are you a Leo?

    Comment by Kylie — April 21, 2017 @ 23:08 | Reply

    • No, I am not a Leo. We all have our crosses to bear but a lion (apart from my father) is not one of them.

      I can only (pretty accurately) guess at your daughter’s age but there is safety in accumulated pizza boxes, drinks cans and assorted bottles gathering round her bedstead. It’s my idea of a nightmare which is why the Angel, a kind soul, and when he went through “that” phase many years ago, graciously let me clean up after him. He too likes things ship shape. In fact it was him who, on entering my office (I work from home), pointed out that soon he won’t be able to find me among books and paper piling up around me). Maybe I am Trump’s soul mate – building a wall to protect myself from … I don’t know … something.

      I hasten to add that the rest of the house does not suffer, and hygiene (remember my star sign!) comes above all. Though a bit of dust doesn’t hurt – other than, maybe, your visual sensitivities. Reminds me of a hilarious incident: A couple of years ago my landlord came round – unannounced, naturally. He is the type of person who, instead of taking the short cut and just admitting that he is at fault, will route for something to hang on you. In his despair to put the blame, any blame, on me he climbed onto a footstool and ran his finger across the top of the fuse box (electricity) high up on the wall. He was so happy, Kylie, so very happy. At last he’d found something to berate me with. Other than that he is actually very sweet and very Italian when he is not in a bad mood. Other than that he is a Capricorn. Not that that makes an iota of difference.


      Comment by bitchontheblog — April 23, 2017 @ 09:14 | Reply

  5. My grandmother raised me until age 10 and she was a big believer in Astrology. She was also in the Eastern Star – my grandfather was a Shriner. I used to wonder if it was all interrelated. I did think the charts and stuff she created looked kinda cool but that is it. Just another thing I do not believe.

    Comment by Chuck McConvey — April 22, 2017 @ 14:13 | Reply

    • You don’t need to be a believer …. being a doubter is sufficient.


      Comment by bitchontheblog — April 23, 2017 @ 09:21 | Reply

  6. i’m on two minds on both Astrology and Ship Shape – with my new home, I kind of have to some idea where soemthing is. I’ve been here more than 6 months & still things are missing – probably in the boxes that are kind of labelled but actually there is “no where” to have those things – yet…anyway too busy having fun.

    Comment by cedar51 — April 23, 2017 @ 04:18 | Reply

    • When still in boxes after moving house can be disorientating. And exciting. You open a box, you find old friends you had completely forgotten about.

      I never minded moving house. In fact I so much like packing up and doing it so very efficiently, I have been asked to do it for friends. Enter a few years ago. I don’t like to use big words for small incidents but a little big “trauma” entered my life on moving. For a considerable time after, even if in the middle of the night, if I suddenly wondered where something was I’d turn the place upside down till either I found “it” (whatever “it” was) or have my worst fear confirmed. It was unsettling. Quite awful thinking back. And it’s not exactly something you can talk to other people about – particularly if they think you “mad” already.

      Enjoy your fun, Catherine.


      Comment by bitchontheblog — April 23, 2017 @ 09:39 | Reply

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